Tbe Impact of Poverty on tbe Nutritional Intake of Expectant Women
Ondigi, Alice N.
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The health and well being of expectant women depend greatly on the nutritional intake and moral support received from family and the community. Studies done show that malnutrition before, during and after pregnancy coupled with stress brings complications and, thus, endangers the life of the mother and that of the baby. The study attempted to investigate whether pregnant women involved in this study ate a well-balanced diet and whether their level of education and monthly income had any significance to their livelihood. The findings indicated that although the majority of the women had at least some level of education, this did not change the fact that poverty was the determining factor. Since good nutrition, and stress free environment tend to improve birth outcomes, it is therefore important for the Government to take measures to improve infrastructure by ensuring that every women has access to good health care, create and educate women in income generating activities so as to sustain their livelihood, improve poor sanitation conditions, and promote women's perceptions, family and the surrounding community